According to a statement released on Wednesday, WFP and China said the assistance reached 151,969 children (under the age of five), the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as people living with HIV and suffering from other chronic diseases.
Beneficiaries received nutrition foods and powdered micronutrients for four months to strengthen their nutritional quality and immune system.
The statement stated that WFP-China´s project was rolled out thanks to the National Health Service and institutions of the Dominican social protection system in the provinces of Dajabón, Montecristi, Santiago Rodríguez, Barahona, San Juan, Elías Piña, Bahoruco, Pedernales and Independencia.
During the end of the program, Chinese Ambassador to Dominican Republic Zhang Run stressed that ‘we not only prove humanitarianism with this project, we also practice multilateralism. China is willing to continue supporting the Dominican Republic, with no attached political condition.’
WFP Representative Romain Sirois, on the other hand, stressed that in coordination with separate sectors and key actors, ‘we were able to enhance the project´s interrelated goals in response to demands generated by drought and Covid-19, in terms of malnutrition prevention.’